This review has been written by my wonderful wife, Ann.
I thoroughly enjoyed Beverly Lewis' book "The Mercy." It is very fascinating to see into the everyday lives of the Amish. Beverly Lewis has created real life characters that draw you into the story. These characters are faced with the same kind of crises that any of us might encounter (although set in an Amish culture).
Rose longs to be a wife and a mother. Hen, her sister, longs to see God work in her marriage. Brandon and Mamm long for physical healing. Bishop Aaron Petersheim longs to be restored to his ministry. Nick longs to be a part of the Amish community he grew up in. With all these different longings of heart, how will God work? Rose stated it best: "You throw everything on the mercy, on His purpose for your life. Trusting that He knows best is the hardest part of all."
I have so many favorite characters in this story. However, the unexpected Jeb Ulrich was a highlight for me. Jeb is an unlikely vessel that God uses to carry out His plan, as well as bestow mercy on so many through the truth that is revealed.
I love the book and would highly recommend it. I was challenged in my faith to be dependent on God through prayer and being in the Word. Above all, God can be trusted no matter what happens.
I have to say I have a thing for Amish fiction, and Ms. Lewis is one of the best. I have not had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the series, while I am sure it answers all sorts of questions it also stands alone as a wonderful read.
The story follows the lives of two Amish sisters. The older sister is Hannah or Hen as everyone calls her and her younger sister is Rose. Hen has recently moved back home from her Englisher lifestyle. She married an Englisher and has a 4 year old daughter but when her marriage was falling apart she returned home with her daughter. At the beginning of the story we find her nursing her husband back to health after an accident. He is temporarily blind. Hen would love it if he would come to embrace the Amish life and they could both be baptized and join the church.
Hen and Rose's mother was in a buggy accident many years ago and has been in chronic pain ever since. Through a friend of the family's she has been convinced to try a surgery that may or may not relieve her pain. During this carefully woven tale she has the surgery and is a great encouragement to Brandon (Hen's husband) as he heals from his own accident.
It is a delightful read as Ms. Lewis tells the tale of each girl. Rose has recently had an engagement ended and in time meets a young man named Issac. Yet Rose also has a friend that she grew up with named Nick who has left the Amish. It is apparent that all though she does not want to admit it Nick holds some of her heart strings too.
I really don't want to say too much more or I will give it all away and there would be no point in you reading it. I enjoyed the journey to healing that the characters took through the pages of this book. For some it was physical healing but for many it was healing of the heart and soul. It was a fun light read!
This book is the third book in The Rose Trilogy. And I just love a good Amish story. Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite Authors. I loved this book.
Hen had left her Amish roots and married an Englisher in the last book. So in love she thought that all she believed could be left behind as long as she was with the man she loved~ she was wrong.
Life became harder and more difficult to make compromises when it concerned their daughter. She decides she must return home to her family and her faith. In doing so she leaves behind the man she loves.
Only as fate would have it ~her husbands suffers an accident and needs Hen to care for him. She lovingly cares for him all while knowing that as soon as he no longer needs her he will leave and divorce her. I will not tell you anymore for you must make this a book one that you curl up with as the days grow cooler. Such a great read!
This book was provided to be from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review~ thanks for the wonderful book.